The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Stomach Bug Edition

For the last few days, my entire family has been suffering from a vicious stomach bug. I was the first to get it – and

Trimming the Average Budget: Entertaiment

Entertainment – $2,698/year Clocking in at an average of $225 a month in a family’s budget is entertainment – and that excludes reading. Going out

Home Buying (and Other Big Purchases) as an Emotional Purchase

A few months before we bought our current home, my wife and I toured literally dozens of different houses, trying to find one that was

Trimming the Average Budget: Healthcare

Healthcare – $2,853/year This is one of those “averages” that somewhat hides the real truth of the situation. For some, there is almost no expense

Reader Mailbag #97

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance

Review: The Elements of Investing

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. The Elements of Investing by Burton G. Malkiel and Charles D. Ellis is a


Trimming the Average Budget: Other Transportation Expenses

Transportation – other expenses and transportation – $3,130/year This unlclearly-defined category includes vehicle finance charges, maintenance and repairs, vehicle insurance, public transportation, vehicle rental, licenses,

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 9, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is


Trimming the Average Budget: Buying a Car

Transportation – vehicle purchases – $3,244/year The average American family spends almost $300 per month simply on car payments. What’s stunning is that this is


Trimming the Average Budget: Food at Home

Food – food at home – $3,465/year Another $300 a month component of the average family budget comes from merely eating at home. This does

Why It’s Worth Your Time to Meet Your Financial Advisors

A few weeks ago, my wife and I planned a meeting with a financial advisor that was the representative for her 403(b) plan. Due to


Trimming the Average Budget: Home Energy Costs

Housing – utilities, fuels, public services – $3,477/year The average American family spends almost $3,500 a year just keeping the energy going in their home.

Silas Marner and You

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a Simple Dollar reader named Kip, who brought up the classic novel Silas Marner by George Eliot (if you’d

Trimming the Average Budget: Pensions and Social Security

Pensions, Social Security – $5,027/year For the most part, there’s not much the average American can do to alter the amount of money they pay

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Conventions Edition

Quite a few readers expressed interest in having meetups of some sort at any conventions or conferences I attend this year – if not at

Trimming the Average Budget: Housing and Shelter

Housing – shelter – $10,023/year Keeping a roof over your head is the single biggest part of the budget of the average American, consuming over


Personal Finance 101: Getting Started with Banking

Banking Basics: Savings, Online, and Otherwise We all did it at the beginning of our financial lives. We grew up. We moved out. We opened


How the Average American Family Spends Their Income – And How to Trim It

I’ve often wondered how the typical household budget is spent. Several times in 2009, I came across this thoroughly interesting infographic, originally from The